INTERVIEW | FRONT PORCH LIGHTS illuminate Ohio's rock scene

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What exactly does the word "Americana" conjure?

Think fireworks, apple pie, the Fourth of July, our verdant state parks, any Lana Del Rey music video. The word "Americana" invokes the stereotypical positive images of America; when we throw the term around to describe a style of music, usually one thinks of jangly guitar played on a porch in the middle of the forest somewhere. When it comes to Front Porch Lights of Cleveland, Ohio, this could not be further from the truth.

The refined indie rock that this five-piece group––comprised of Sean Keating, John Doyle, Conor Standish, Dillon Devito, and Joey David––brings to mind the classic American dive bar, and the very American experience of a rock show. In the current political climate, any tributes to America are met with a kind of apprehension (for very good reason), but this band is here to remind us that––even amidst the darkness, the fake news, and the impending bombings––there's still an America to be proud of.

We spoke to frontman Conor Standish about getting the band together, their vision of America, the Ohio rock scene, and their new EP Go On Ahead.

Courtesy of Grandstand Media & Management

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Mescal went from being a relative unknown to achieving a rare kind of superstardom this year; his boyish good looks and complexity made him the subject of many a profile.

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Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.

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